Over the years of touring I kept records of where and when The Connells played. While doing my diligent record-keeping I figured that one day it might be interesting or amusing to look back, perhaps a memory or two could be triggered that otherwise would have been lost in the fog. Well, I have decided to pick a random month/ random year and list the tour dates we did and share a couple of anecdotes. I chose April 1994. The line-up was the “classic” one: Mike and I, Doug, George, Steve and Peele. The crew consisted of Jimmy Descant (road manager), Tim Harper (sound), Dave Goforth (guitar tech), Des White (drum tech/ lights), George Werner (merchandise), and Darrell Boudreaux (bus driver).
So here goes….
4/6/94 Univ. of Nebraska Health and Sports Complex
4/7 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
4/8 Salt Lake City Salt Air Ballroom
4/9 Bozeman, MT Shroyer Gym
4/12 Omaha, NE Ranch Bowl
4/13 Ames, IA People’s
4/14 Minneapolis First Ave.
4/16 Moorhead, MN Concordia College
4/18 Iowa City Gabe’s
4/19 Springfield, MO Regency Showcase
4/20 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
4/21 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
4/22 Chicago Vic Theater
4/23 Oxford, OH Cook Field, Miami University
4/25 Bloomington, IN Mars
4/27 Chapel Hill UNC Memorial Hall
4/28 Atlanta Masquerade
4/29 Memphis New Daisy
4/30 Rock Hill, SC Fairgrounds
5/1 Louisville, KY Kentucky Derby Festival
Only The Connells could devise a one month tour that could comprise of Moorhead MN to Atlanta, GA. But fortunately we had our trusty Darrell Boudreaux to drive us safely through it. On the way he gave us many gems that we added to The Connells’ lexicon, some of which we still say to this day in our imitative Cajun accents: “I’m glad I scarfed down a couple of those tacos ’cause I was feelin’ a little malnourished”. Or “Scientists and diuretics (SIC) have proven that cultures that don’t eat a lot of meat and potatoes don’t look too good.”
Jimmy Descant gave a wonderful sandwich recipe on the tour that used the most available ingredients:
Mayonnaise (pronounced MAN-EZ)
mash it if you want
But perhaps the funniest quote of the tour came from George, pontificating on late-night eating: “It’s like putting quarters in the jukebox; I just hope a pretty song plays.” And “Late night eating didn’t used to be so unfair to my physique”.
I’m glad I kept those records!